Oct 082016
 

I came across this flock of Rusty Blackbirds at about 4 PM on October 4 on the Trans Canada Trail (Jackson Creek section). They were flying around the marsh west of Lily Lake in a flock of about twenty similarly-sized birds. On October 7, the Rusty Blackbirds seemed to be part of a mixed flock that also included Red-winged Blackbirds and robins. I have no idea of the numbers of each species (it was too dark to identify anything from a distance), but there were probably over a hundred birds roosting together. It was quite noisy!

Greg Conley, Peterborough

 

Rusty Blackbirds near Lily Lake - October 2016 - Greg Conley

Rusty Blackbirds near Lily Lake – October 4, 2016 – Greg Conley

Rusty Blackbird (female) near Lily Lake - October 2016 - Greg Conley

Rusty Blackbird (female) near Lily Lake. Note pale iris – October 7, 2016 – Greg Conley

Rusty Blackbird (male) near Lily Lake - October 2016 - Greg Conley

Rusty Blackbird (male) near Lily Lake. Note pale iris  – October 7, 2016 – Greg Conley

 

 

Apr 262015
 

This morning I lead a group of about 20 people to see birds at the Fairbairn Street Wetland in Peterborough (just north of Line 3) and along the Bridgenorth Trail (between the Hilliard St. end and the half-way point marsh). The birds were quite active and we managed to get good views of quite a few interesting species, including American Bittern, Common Gallinule, Brown Thrasher, Rusty Blackbird, Northern Harrier, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Drew Monkman

Bridgenorth Trail, Peterborough, CA-ON

Green-winged Teal  2
Ruffed Grouse  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  8
Northern Harrier  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
American Robin  4
Brown Thrasher  1
Savannah Sparrow  2
Fox Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  10
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Rusty Blackbird  3

Fairbairn Street Wetland

Canada Goose  4
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  4
Hooded Merganser  1
Wild Turkey  2
American Bittern  1
Common Gallinule  1
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
American Crow  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Tree Swallow  30
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
American Robin  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
American Tree Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Common Grackle  3
American Goldfinch  2

 

WODU - Apr. 25 - Jeff Keller

WODU – Apr. 25 – Jeff Keller

American Bittern - by Don Pettypiece

American Bittern – by Don Pettypiece

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Karl Egressy)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Karl Egressy)

 

Apr 132015
 

The following are my Peterborough County “First of year” sightings this month:

April 3 – Pair of Eastern Phoebes calling continuously, Brown Creeper, on Tates Rd

Wilson’s Snipe calling at the north end of Northey’s Rd at 14th Line of Smith.

April 4 – River Otter at north end of Lakefield Marsh

April 6 – 20 Rusty Blackbirds at the west end of Beardsmore Rd

April 10 – Fox Sparrow by the tower at Lakefield Marsh,

3 Eastern Meadowlarks on Douro  8th Line by the power lines

April 12 – Swamp Sparrow, Lakefield Marsh. Heard by PFN Sunday walk group,

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on Charlie Allen Rd

13 butterflies in the NW of the County – 10 Eastern Commas, 2 Mourning Cloaks, 1 Compton’s Tortoiseshell,

many ‘The Infant’ (Archiearis infans) Moths

 

Tony Bigg, Lakefield

Eastern Meadowlark - Karl Egressy

Eastern Meadowlark – Karl Egressy

Mourning Cloak - Maple Cr. - Apr. 2014 - Drew Monkman

Mourning Cloak – Maple Cr. – Apr. 2014 – Drew Monkman

Fox Sparrow - Jeff Keller

Fox Sparrow – April 2013 –  Jeff Keller